Ex-defence chief of Nigeria denies fraud charges

Ex-defence chief of Nigeria denies fraud charges

- Ex- defence chief in Nigeria is facing fraud charges.

- Mr. Badeh has been accused of  stealing money and using it to buy a mansion in Abuja

- The ex- defence chief has denied all other charges leveled against him

Ex-defence chief of Nigeria denies fraud charges

Ex- defence chief, Alex badeh

Nigeria’s former chief of defence, Retired Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh has denied charges of fraud and money laundering leveled against him.

Mr. Badeh has been accused of stealing $20m (£14m) from the air force and buying a mansion in the capital Abuja along with a string of other properties. He is facing charges of 10 charges of fraud, criminal breach of trust and money laundering but Mr. Badeh who was appointed chief of defence two years ago has denied the charges.

The BBC reports that Badeh is the latest of several officials accused of stealing billions of dollars from the armed forces.More than $1m in cash was also reportedly found at one of his homes.

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The BBC reports that  he was appointed when the military was coming under sustained criticism over its fight against Boko Haram militants.

Under former President Goodluck Jonathan, front-line troops complained that they were ill-equipped to fight the militants and discipline in the army was breaking down as soldiers refused to carry out orders.

An investigation has alleged that a total of $2bn (£1.3bn) meant to buy arms to fight Boko Haram had gone missing.

In a related development, the  former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was charged in December in connection with the case involving $68m that is alleged to be missing. He was accused of awarding phantom contracts to buy helicopters, fighter jets and ammunition, which he denied.

Twelve other senior Nigerian army officers were handed over to the anti-corruption agency in February for their alleged involvement in the arms scandal.

Muhammadu Buhari won elections a year ago on promises to tackle both Boko Haram and corruption.

 

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